There are many reasons why chipsealing is a great option for resurfacing asphalt. To begin with, a chipseal costs much less than a conventional asphalt overlay (about one-fourth to one-fifth less). Chipseal paving also extends the life of the asphalt pavement by up to 7 years, depending on the type and amount of everyday traffic.
Keep reading if you want to know more about chipseal paving and its longevity.
What Does Chipseal Paving Involve?
The process of installing a chipseal and a new blacktop are similar in that they use the same material, but there are some major differences. Once you understand these differences, you will be able to decide if a chipseal is the right option for your pavement or parking lot.
Generally, fresh asphalt involves spreading a mixture of hot, liquid asphalt and aggregates onto an aggregate base and then compacting the mixture into place. In contrast, with chipseal paving, the same ingredients are not mixed. Instead, a thin layer of liquid asphalt is spread onto an existing pavement, and aggregates are then spread over the liquid and compacted into place. These aggregates or chips can consist of gravel, polished stone or glass, and similar materials.
Is Chipsealing Affordable and Durable?
Chipseal paving may not be the same thing as an asphalt installation. However, the mixture used in the process results in a tough and durable surface that can support as much vehicle traffic as fresh asphalt. As mentioned, this makes chipsealing a road much cheaper since you don’t have to tear out the pavement first and start installing a new blacktop. On average, if you opt for a chipseal, you can reduce the costs by about 75% or 80% compared to installing fresh asphalt or an asphalt overlay.
A Chipseal Repairs Your Pavement, So It Lasts Longer
If your roadway has a large number of chips, cracks, potholes, and other damage, you can easily repair it with a chip sealant. Chip sealant is able to penetrate into the cracks and pores, such that it fills in any gaps and corrects any surface damage. The result is a safer driving surface that can handle everyday traffic and which reduces the risk of traffic accidents. Plus, this extends the life of your pavement by 5 or 7 years.
However, as a final word, it’s important to remember that the longevity of your new chip sealant hinges on proper maintenance. For more information that helps you get the most out of your chip sealant, please get in touch. We would also be happy to help should you need some chipseal paving services.